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News & Alerts

Nanotech Investment held steady throughout the financial Crisis
Market research and advisory firm Lux Research has published a report comparing ‘nanotech innovation and technology development in 19 countries in order to provide government policymakers, corporate leaders and investors a detailed map of the nanotech’s international development landscape’
A common Language for Nanotechnologies: ISO publishes 'Methodology for Classification & Categorization of Nanomaterials'
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) has published a new technical report (TR) entitled Nanotechnologies – Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials’ (ISO/TR 11360:2010)
US EPA seeks public Comments on nano-Silver Pesticide Registration
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to register conditionally a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient for a period of four years
EPA seeks public Comments on nano-Silver Case-Study
The US EPA has published a draft document entitled Nanomaterial Case Study: Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray (EPA/600/R–10/081), intended to ‘serve as part of a process to help identify and prioritize scientific and technical information that could be used in conducting comprehensive environmental assessments (CEA) of selected nanomaterials'
Safe Work Australia publishes Reports and Safety Assessment Tool for Nanomaterials
Safe Work Australia, an independent statutory agency with primary responsibility to improve occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia, has published two research reports on engineered nanomaterials and a nanotechnology risk assessment tool
Another false 'nano'-Alarm
On the 10 July 2010, the European Union rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, RAPEX, featured a notification from Denmark that a product called 'NanoCover’ (described as a 'Pump-spray detergent - NanoCover Floor Seal, Non-absorbent’) was to be removed from the market
EPA reopens commenting on MWCNT SNURs
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-opened the public commenting period for a Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) Significant New Use Rule (SNUR)
European Parliament votes to oppose Council Position on nano-specific Amendments to Novel Foods Regulation
During the 2nd reading, on the 7 July 2010, the European Parliament plenary voted to adopt a set of amendments to the Novel Foods Regulation; the proposed text changes specifically represent (a) additions or (b) changes to the position of the European Council, adopted on the 15 March 2010
EC Scientific Committee recommends a high upper Threshold for a tiered Definition of the Term
Only two weeks after the official publication of the EC JRC's Reference Report on the Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes (EUR 24403 EN), SCENIHR has published an opinion paper that aims to provide ‘advice on the essential scientific elements of a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” for regulatory...
Anticipating the Governance of Carbon Nanotubes
An article, entitled An Anticipatory Governance Approach to Carbon Nanotubes, published in the journal Risk Analysis, discusses the potential strategies in regulating emerging applications of carbon nanotubes
PEN Consumer Products Inventory has substantive Deficiencies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) Consumer Products Inventory (CPI) received heavy criticism by a team of researchers, who aimed to examine and validate the inventory by investigating four prominent categories of nanoparticles (carbon, gold, silver, and iron)
Public Consultation on US NNI Strategic Plan 2010
In the US Federal Register, published on the 6 July 2010, the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted a Request for Information (RFI) in support of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan 2010
US Environmental Health Collaborative publishes White Paper on "Environmentally Responsible Development of Nanotechnology"
The US Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative has published a final White Paper, containing conclusions reached during the Collaborative summit on ‘Environmentally Responsible Development of Nanotechnology’ held between the 8 and 9 October 2009
European Parliament committed to restoring Consumer's Trust in European Food
According to an article on NutraIngredients, ‘[a] group of eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) [including Environment Committee Chair, Jo Leinen] met with EFSA representatives last week to discuss matters including health claims, nutrient profiling, GMOs and nanotechnology in food'
Nanotechnology Company Directory lists over 2000 Companies Worldwide
‘Well over 2000 companies worldwide [are] already involved in nanotechnology’ reads the headline of a NanoWerk News article; it continues to explain that, '[a]t the latest count, over 2100 companies from 48 countries are involved in nanotechnology research, manufacturing or applications - a number that keeps growing at a considerable pace'
EC Research Centre proposes Definition for 'Particulate Nanomaterials'
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report on the 'Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes', which aims ‘to discuss elements of a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ based on a scientific analysis of related issues as well as a review of currently available definitions’
European Parliament to include Nanotechnologies in own Initiative Report on the 'Future of European Standardization'
During a European Parliament hearing on the Future of European Standardisation, held on the 23 June 2010 by the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), MEPs decided to include nanotechnology, IT, communication and environmental protection in a portfolio of new areas to be covered by standardisations
US GAO urges EPA to take regulatory Action on Nanomaterials
The US GAO (Government Accountability Office) has published a report, in which it identifies severe challenges to the EPA regarding the regulation of potential risks associated with nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Standardization: CEN publishes Annual Report 2009
In its Annual Report 2009, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) summarises its continuing work on Nanotechnologies Standardisation
US Nanotechnology Regulation - an Interview with Authorities and Industries
In an interview with Skip Lockard, co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Nanotechnology practice, representatives of the US regulatory authorities and the chemical industries discuss current and future US regulation of nanotechnology